PROJECTS: STYRO CU TTER
1. MAKE THE CUTTER BASE
Time: 1 Hour Complexity: Easy
1a. Measure and cut the pegboard
to make a tabletop. Mine is 18"× 18".
Then measure and cut 2 pieces of
2× 4 to make leg rails.
1b. Use screws to attach the top to
the rails. Then place a ¼" drill bit
through the outermost middle pegboard hole above one of the 2×4s
and drill all the way through the rail.
This will be the hole that the rod
CAUTION: Wear eye
protection when using all
tools, and to be extra safe,
wear gloves when cutting with
the hot wire. You don’t want to
touch it — it’s over 200˚F!
2. BEND AND INSERT THE ROD
2a. Cut the aluminum rod to 21" in
length. Mark off 12" and bend the
rod about 90°. After bending the rod,
insert the short leg into the hole you
drilled in Step 1b and align as shown
here. Mark the closest pegboard
hole beneath a point 1" or so from
the tip of the rod. Then mark the top
surface of the rod directly above the
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